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Old 02-21-2013, 11:30 AM   #1
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Exterior Wall Covering Options?


Been a while. Busy winter.

I'm looking at a project in the spring to re-side a building. But I want to do something interesting from the ground up to the sills of the first floor windows. Stone up to the windows then siding the rest of the way up is typical. But I don't have the budget for stone. Or for brick. Or stone veneer, or brick venner, or faux stone or brick.

So I'm looking for inventive options.

For example, maybe a commercial hanging system with 2x2 tiles - although I bet those are even more expensive.

The curmudgeon in me wants to use 99-cent ceramic tiles - and I might if it were a warm climate, but here it gets good and cold, and very wet in between seasons. That said - you know - why wouldn't the install method for stone veneer be just as good for ceramic tile? (Whoa there boy - winging off into left field....)

Board and batten? Maybe with cementitous boards? I dunno - I think it'd look pretty ugly. I'd rather something refractory like stone.

This is your basic wood-frame, two-storey residential building, approx 50' x 40'. Currently covered with old, tired, aluminum siding. No, I don't want to just paint it.

Any good ideas out there?


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Old 02-21-2013, 03:01 PM   #2
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Any good ideas out there?

Sounds like blue tarps might be in the budget.


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Sounds like blue tarps might be in the budget.
Well, if I could find stone-pattern tarps........
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Thats not a cheap route neither.
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Re: Exterior Wall Covering Options?

You can get some 'nice' looking hardie board...instead of B&B as you suggested, what about Hardi staggered shingles...heck even their panel hardie looks good trimmed out...
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Don't know the building obviously, but....

You might do some trim work from the mud sill up and around the first story windows. Just siding from mud sill up where there isn't a window.

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I've never personally tried it or even seen it in person for that matter. So as far as price goes, I couldn't even begin to speculate.


Maybe this would work for you.
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Thanks guys for some truly interesting suggestions.

I had not thought of Hardie Shingle Siding. Nice option.


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